Day Treatment: Supporting youth and their families in achieving school success
Our Day Treatment Program at the Neil Hellman School was designed to help students who are struggling and falling behind at school, who may be disruptive in class, who have difficulty regulating their moods and emotions, or who struggle relating to others at home, in school, or in the community.
This 12-month program serves students in grades 1–12. They live at home with their families and are bussed to school 5 days a week, 48 weeks per year, to get the intensive support and treatment they need to find success.
Day Treatment draws from multiple treatment types to build a comprehensive, individualized plan for each student. We work with the youth, family, and school district to integrate family counseling, social skills training, an individualized academic program, psychiatric or psychological assessment or consultation, and other support services. Our goal to find the best way to help youth and their families adapt to their community school system, a higher education program, or possibly a vocational setting specifically to minimize the stigma of being isolated from their home communities and, in the end, achieve success on their terms.
We offer this program of added services and supports integrated into every classroom, with students held to the same standards as those in public schools. A key component of Day Treatment is our specialized summer program that blends recreational and educational activities with therapeutic treatment. The summer program helps the youth consolidate and maintain the skills they acquired in Day Treatment throughout the school year.
And it’s working. We’re proud to have literacy gains that far exceed industry standards, a marked improvement in behavior across the board, and an 85 percent graduation rate as students pursue their educational and vocational goals. For our students, Day Treatment is school the way it’s supposed to be.
To learn more, contact your local school district’s Committee on Special Education.